With The Increasing Number Of Covid-19 Affected, India Designed 15 Virology Labs, Especially For Monkeypox
India has only 10 cases of the Monkeypox disease, the government has taken the initiative to launch 15 virology labs for Monkeypox to pick up early signs of Monkeypox of any unusual spread.
The central government of India has designated 15 laboratories spread across 13 states to monitor the monkeypox spread in the country.
The government of India doesn’t want to let it happen. A top government expert said,
“Fortunately, India has not seen a surge in cases and the situation here is well under control. However, we cannot drop the guard just as yet. Therefore, a network of VRDLS has been established for surveillance purposes.It will help pick signs early in case more cases get reported.”
India reported the first Minekeypox case from Kerala on July 14, 2022. Since then, 10 confirmed cases have been identified from New Delhi and Kerala (five each).
WHO reported 40,000 cases from 94 countries in the world where monkeypox is endemic. The United Nation health body declared international concern about Monkeypox on July 23, 2022.
As a result, India takes precautions to monitor monkeypox. Virus research and diagnostic laboratory (VRDLs) will be opened at—
- Government Medical College, Trivandrum.
- Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Disease, Mumbai.
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi.
- Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad.
- National Institute of Virology Field Unit, Kerala.
- Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bangalore.
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur.
- Government Medical College, Gauhati.
- SMS Medical College, Jaipur.
- The King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research, Chennai.
- National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata.
- Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar.
- King George’s Medical University, Lucknow.
- Government Medical College, Amritsar.
- B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad.
Dr. Pragya Yadav, the senior scientist at the Pune-based National Institute of Virology, an organization under the Indian Council of Medical Research, said,
“Unlike in the past, monkeypox is presented in different ways. The typical criteria of lesion and lymphadenopathy may not be matching many times. Some recent studies have shown just a single lesion in genital areas, which is not easy to identify or sample.”
He also added,
“The clinical presentation of VZV (the varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox) and other diseases, and lack of awareness also creates confusion and cases can be missed.”
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